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05-SP1660 on Sep 8, 2005

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: establishing commission to examine Katrina response
Source: Establishment of Katrina Commission (S.AMDT.1660 to HR.2862)
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: To establish a congressional commission to examine the Federal, State, and local response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Region, especially in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and other areas impacted in the aftermath, and make immediate corrective measures to improve such responses in the future.


    There is established in the legislative branch the Katrina Commission:
  • The Commission shall be composed of 10 members, with not more than 5 members from any one political party.
  • Individuals appointed should enjoy significant depth of experience in such professions as natural disaster and emergency response experience.
  • The duties of the Commission are to ascertain, evaluate, and report on the information developed by all relevant governmental agencies regarding the facts and circumstances related to Hurricane Katrina prior to striking the United States and in the days and weeks following;
  • build upon concurrent and prior investigations;
  • planning for future cataclysmic events requiring a significant marshaling of Federal resources, mitigation, response, and recovery to avoid significant loss of life;
  • an analysis as to whether any decisions differed with respect to response and recovery for different communities, neighborhoods, parishes, and locations and what problems occurred as a result of a lack of a common plan, communication structure, and centralized command structure; and
  • make recommendations for immediate corrective measures so that future cataclysmic events are responded to adequately.

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Rollcall vote #229; lost 44-54.

  • Topic: Environment
  • Headline: Establish commission to examine Katrina response
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill for commission to examine Katrina response

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  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
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Democrats participating in 05-SP1660

Barbara Boxer s1oCA Democratic Jr Senator 
Tom Carper s1oDE Democratic Sr Senator 
Hillary Clinton s2pNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
Jon Corzine s2iNJ Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Richard Durbin s1oIL Democratic Sr Senator 
Russell Feingold s1oPOTUS Democrat 
Dianne Feinstein s1oCA Democratic Sr Senator 
Tom Harkin s1oIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Tim Johnson s1oSD Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Frank Lautenberg s2iNJ Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Barbara Mikulski s2iMD Democratic Sr Senator 
Barack Obama s1oIL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008) 
Jack Reed s2iRI Democratic Sr Senator 
Ken Salazar s2iCO Former Democratic Senator (entered Cabinet, 2009) 
Charles Schumer s2iNY Democratic Sr Senator 
Debbie Stabenow s2iMI Democratic Jr Senator 

Republicans participating in 05-SP1660

Independents participating in 05-SP1660

Jim Jeffords s2iVT Former Independent Senator (retired 2006) 

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 16
Republicans: 0
Independents: 1

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